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Support Soraka - Outhealing Your Enemies DPS [8.12]

SwelteringMuffin Last updated on June 15, 2018
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hrama (1) | June 18, 2018 12:08pm
i love soraka and this guide is pretty good, in this pach they nerfed shields , so soraka is the best option for protect and with this build the heals are really strong even though they nerfed supp items soraka is a late beast
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | June 18, 2018 1:27pm
Hey hrama,

I'm glad you like it :D

They indeed nerfed the duration on some shielding champs, so timing your shield will involve a bit more skill. Soraka and Nami are pretty fun/strong.

Cya around!
~SwelteringMuffin
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Wicked Cherry (1) | June 15, 2018 1:29pm
Hey there,
first off: This is a really amazing guide, well done!
I love how you focused on vision and map control because that's something many people either forget about or don't take serious enough. We've all had those games when your team tried to push but never reached or actually touched a turret because suddenly the enemies overwhelmed you and took objectives in return.
So it's really good that you tried to make clear that vision is definately a key to victory and adviced where to ward.

I just noticed that you did not mention counters. I mean, it's kinda obvious that champs like Brand, Lux or Blitz can counter Soraka easily. But you still advice to buy frostblade instead of coin, although I'd probably go for a more defensive option - but I'm guessing that comes down to one's liking. Anyway, I wondered if you could add possible counters and how to play against them even if they tend to be a large threat for Soraka and her ADC/team? :)
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | June 16, 2018 11:00am
Hey Wicked Cherry,

Thank you so much :D I appreciate the kind words <3

Yeah, I purposely didn't mention counters because I feel like if you learn how to play other champions you will know it's strengths and weaknesses, so you can apply the knowledge when you get into certain match ups (one champion it's strength is another champion's weakness). But yeah the champions you mention can be pretty annoying to play against, high damage and cc is just something you have to avoid as much as possible.

Frostfang is definitely stronger than Nomad's Medallion as of now, it also rewards you more if you stay active in lane (more poke/gold). Obviously in annoying/counter match ups it's going to be more difficult to proc your Tribute but it's not impossible. For example against hook champions as long as you stay behind enough minions you'll still be able to harass enemies with your Q. Also Frostfang contributes more mid-late game in teamfights than Nomad's Medallion. If you're really feeling uncomfortable in a match up then your second option would be Nomad's Medallion.

As for how to play against certain champions and things to be aware off, I mean are you struggling against certain champions/counters? I also try to stream daily on https://www.twitch.tv/swelteringmuffin feel free to tune in I can go over some match ups on there aswell for you if you want :3

Let me know and I'll give some more tips!
~SwelteringMuffin
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Wicked Cherry (1) | June 17, 2018 10:58am
Hey SwelteringMuffing,
thank you for your reply.

I think it all comes down to one's liking by choosing either Frostfang or Coin. But I have to admit that I haven't played Soraka with Frostfang after the latest adjustments for it.

No thanks for the option but I just thought that it's somewhat missing in your guide. But it's not some kind of must-have, I assume.

Again, thank you for the guide and your lenghy and quick reply. :]
Wicked Cherry
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Solomid13000 | June 13, 2018 7:49am
Update pls this guide must be #1
Btw what do u think about twin shadows and spellbinder on soraka?
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | June 15, 2018 2:39am
Hey Solomid,

Up to date! :P

I think both Twin Shadows and Spellbinder are pretty interesting/cool items, however it wouldn't be the best fit on Soraka.

Twin Shadows gives nice stats and has a nice scouting/slow active but compared to the other items in the build it can't really compete, it would need atleast a secondary passive to be as good as Ardent/Athene's.

Spellbinder does give LOADS of AP and movement speed (a very powerful item) but the short increase of AP/movement speed with the active is mostly focused on burst damage for mages.

That being said, it's not impossible to make the items work on Soraka.

Hope that clears things up, take care c:
~SwelteringMuffin
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Solomid13000 | June 3, 2018 3:21am
Hello muffin i folow your guide over 1 year,ty for all updates u do.what do u think about soraka in 8.12. What items i need to overheal my enemy dps after all healing power items nerfs?
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | June 3, 2018 5:24am
Hey Solomid13000,

Thank you so much for supporting me c:

I've read about the PBE changes in 8.12 and the heal and shield power nerfs. For the complete build you only miss out on 2% heal and shield power on Ardent. The safer alternative build however lost a total of 5% due to Mikael's Crucible. Also there is a buff to Athene's Unholy Grail. This makes the gap a bit bigger between Athene's and Mikael's (Athene's being more attractive).

Overall I don't think it's a massive nerf or change, we should be good with the same old OP items c:

Cya around
~SwelteringMuffin
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Mistben | May 3, 2018 2:48pm
Hi, I was curious about why you max q over w and why you don't build redemption so I read your earlier comments. I somewhat disagree with your statements.

I think Q max is good with a ton of caveats.
1. If I am getting poked out really hard in lane I may stand behind my adc and just heal him as he tries to cs.
2. If the laning phase ends really early and we are needing to group. I saw that you think q is better b/c it has greater numbers, but I think a tristana with an effective heal on her back is better than a tristana without a heal and a soraka q. This doesn't however apply if laning phase ends because we got fed. In that situation I would max q and poke the enemy out at every choke point in the jungle and in lane.
3. If the jungler is ganking a lot and I don't think we're very safe.

Often times I do a hybrid where I put 2 or 3 levels in q before maxing w.

Now, on to redemption.
You say the active is unreliable but it is so ridiculously good, especially with a little practice. It can turn so many skirmishes in the early/mid game which can really tilt the game in your favor. Also in late game, while it is not super reliable, it can singlehandedly win you the game.
You say you don't need it because it's just like your ultimate, but I remember countless times where the enemy focused very hard to zone me from a teamfight so I couldn't contribute with my w, but I was super effective in the teamfight anyway because I got redemption ult which is basically a full health bar late game.

Tell me what you think.
My summoner name is Mistbu, I'm a plat 3 player and a lot of my ranked games are on soraka and janna support.
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | May 4, 2018 7:26am
Hey Mistben,

As a reply to your arguments from points 1, 2 and 3:

1. This is a very true and obvious statement, when poked out you should position yourself safer behind the adc to prevent taking further damage and risking death. However if you're getting poked out really hard it means that you're not dodging enough abilities or not positioning yourself well enough in lane. Ofcourse there are certain matchups that are very annoying to deal with, such as Lux or Brand. With Lux for example you get in alot of trouble if you get snared by her Q, thus playing very safe/far back is sometimes required. Brand however is less annoying to deal with, as it's a bit easier to dodge his W aoe if you stand far enough back when you know it's up for him (or walk at max range of Brand W to bait out the ability).

I still max Q in those kind of matchups and land my Q's at max range to keep myself from getting poked out.

2. A heal from Q max is not that much lower than W max, IF you heal after hitting your Q. Q max vs W max really varies per player. If you're landing the majority of your Q's or the Q's where it matters (in teamfights), it's much better to max Q and build Athene's alongside with this.

If you're not hitting your Q's that often you can't really rely on maxing Q, so you should probably max W alongside with Mikael's (instead of Athene's). Some players max Q and W at the same time, which in my opinion is still better than maxing W.

All I can say is that maxing Q is playing to your advantage.

3. Wards and map awareness, simple and short. If you're getting ganked alot place down wards in the bushes that matter, look at your other lanes and see which lane is pushed out most. The enemy jungler is most likely ganking the lane that's being pushed in the most by your teammates. Don't play too aggro until you see the enemy jungler on the map.

As for Redemption, it really depends on how your team is playing the game because the active is very good in teamfights. The more targets you hit with Redemption (whether it's an ally for the heal or an enemy for the dmg) the better the usage becomes. Meaning that the way your allies pick teamfights and the way they're fighting them becomes very crucial how good the usage will be. Which means that in higher elo games players will play much better around Redemption.

That being said doesn't automatically mean that you should get Redemption. You say that you're sometimes being zoned from your allies, not being able to heal them with W. If you're able to drag one (or even two) enemies away off the main fight and making it out alive, you're doing your dang job really well because you drag all the pressure away from the main fight and giving your team more room. As long as you collapse with your team again if those enemies are heading back to the main fight you're doing alot of work.

Hope that clears things up some more :3
~SwelteringMuffin
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Magegamer4875 | April 29, 2018 2:54pm
but what lane do you normaly take as I read this I don't see really what lane you take or the way you get your gold or did I just miss it by mistake
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | April 30, 2018 4:19am
Hey Magegamer4875,

I've put the keywords "Support Soraka" in the title of the guide, so it's not like I'm playing her in a different role/lane. The way I get my gold is by trying to get involved in as many teamfights as possible for assists, aswell as proccing my Tribute passive from Spellthief's as much as possible. Try to never sit on 3 Tribute stacks, so if you can before recalling proc it three times, recall and while you run back to lane you'll have 3 stacks ready to be procced again. You can also proc it on the enemy turret in case they've recalled and you've pushed the lane in with your adc. Make sure to do it safely though, you don't wanna risk staying behind too long getting ganked/killed.

Hopefully that answers your question, cya around.
~SwelteringMuffin
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MedicusAloe | April 27, 2018 11:53am
hi :)
i was wondering about sets against heavy AP and heavy AD and what if the team was behind since the sets are usually when the game is going neutral or your team's side. what can i do in those situations since adding hp to Soraka is quite controversial as well as being incredibly squishy.

Thank you.
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | April 28, 2018 5:28am
Hey MedicusAloe,

I actually always build the same item set (even when behind) because of how good the items are and synergize with Soraka (healing/shielding champions). Depending on what champion I'm playing I may mix up the order of the build, but I don't really build any other items on Soraka. You do get some MR from Athene's, but that's about it. Soraka is the kind of champion that's not suppose to be tanky, I mean you can buy tank items, but in my opinion that's not the way to go (not getting the full potential out of her). If we were talking tank supports then it would be a different story in terms of defensive items (against heavy AP/AD) for obvious reasons.

Hope that answers your question :3
~SwelteringMuffin
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LowMolotov | April 26, 2018 3:54am
hi =)
i always played agressiv playmakers like alistar and wantedto get into the right playing of soraka, if theresone thing all say : i playto agressiv. with your guide and useful tipsection i play alot better now.

do you ever ward solo? you have an alternative for the item archangel staff,i dont like the item personally^^ what i could take instead?
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | April 26, 2018 11:33am
Hey LowMolotov,

I do ward solo yeah, but sometimes (especially mid-late game) you need to have atleast 1 or 2 allies with you to ward/scout the area. If you die in a solo warding mission then the map ends up being a 4v5 and that doesn't give you an advantage in terms of the objective you were about to ward nor after the objective has been taken, so you gotta stay safe sometimes and not ward if you know your team isn't going to contest the objective.

You may not like the item but it's a very solid one, if you can try getting used to it. You're only ever building it as 6th item which doesn't happen often either because most games end before you get it. An alternative item could be something like Redemption, Shurelya's Reverie, Twin Shadows, Zhonya's (against heavy ad team comp), Banshee's (against heavy ap team comp), Luden's Echo, maybe even Spellbinder. I'm not too much fan of some of these but those would be your alternatives.

Hope that helps you out!
~SwelteringMuffin
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semisomniac (4) | April 19, 2018 5:16pm
Hi! Thanks for the guide. I was just wondering- what do you think about Celerity over Transcendence? My reasoning is that extra movement speed is always nice to have, plus the nice synergy with Soraka's passive to make that heal on a low-health ally just a little bit stronger. I also like how it kicks in from the start of the game.
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | April 20, 2018 9:03am
Hey semisomniac,

I used to take Celerity before they made the big change to AP items. It makes more sense to take Transcendence now because of the overcap on cdr, this way you'll still take advantage of the stats you spend your gold on, which is alot more than Celerity has to offer (as of now).

TLDR: exactly what Naranjaroc said :)

Cya around
~SwelteringMuffin
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Naranjaroc (2) | April 19, 2018 8:15pm
I thought the same, but with this exact build trascendence is better beacause of seraph's 20% cd.
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Wolfexer | April 11, 2018 8:48pm
I like this build. And thanks for the tips, they really helped me. I didn't knew that using W after Q gives regenaration to ally.
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | April 12, 2018 8:54am
Hey Wolfexer,

Thank you! I'm glad I could've helped you out. Using your W on allies after hitting your Q on enemy champions indeed copies the Rejuvenation effect to your allies. It's a very effective way of using your health :)

Cya around
~SwelteringMuffin
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onizetsu666 | April 11, 2018 5:23pm
Can I ask why not get redemption in this build?
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SwelteringMuffin (12) | April 12, 2018 8:48am
Hey onizetsu666,

I get this question now and then, I don't know if you've already checked my past comments in the discussion section but if you scroll down and press on the load more comments button you can find my post of February 25, 2018 5:12am.

It gives some reasons not to take Redemption. I'm not saying it's not viable at all but in my books it's an ok second/third option.

Hope it's explained well enough :) Cya around
~SwelteringMuffin
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